District 5950 Rotarians in Action
During this season of Thanksgiving, I have been thinking about how grateful I am for Rotary and all of my fellow Rotarians.  Thank you for welcoming me into your club meetings - I have been received warmly and treated royally. I am humbled by the sheer number of service projects that District 5950 Rotary clubs are involved in, and the huge impact these projects are having in our local and global communities. Thank you for your hospitality, generosity and kind spirits. My life has been enriched by each and every one of you.  
DG Jewelie
Thanks to everyone who was able to attend the District Conference on October 14!
The Arboretum was a perfect location for the District’s first quarter environmental focus. The morning started with a thank-you breakfast for major donors to the Rotary Foundation.  Although mother nature rained on our parade, so to speak, and we cancelled the outdoor service project, everyone still enjoyed the beautiful grounds. The Youth Exchange students and many adventuresome Rotarians took part in the Amazing Arboretum Race scavenger hunt. Matt Schuth from the Arboretum wowed us with his knowledge of birds and other animals. The House of Friendship tables provided information and opportunities to network for many attendees. 
The Rotary Foundation (TRF) is the engine that funds many of the humanitarian activities of Rotary. During Rotary fiscal year 2022-23, District 5950 Rotarians contributed more than $732,300 to the Annual Fund. These funds are used to match Club funds for Club projects. In addition, Polio contributions exceeding $200,000 plus a couple special generous Rotarian endowment and term gifts exceeding $450,000 resulted in total District 5950 giving of $1,393,601. That is truly amazing and very generous. Thanks to all Rotarians who participated this past year fundraising!
As of 10/27/23, we are at 10 new symptomatic cases of wild polio in the world.  The cases are in Pakistan and Afghanistan. This number represents approximately 2000 carriers of the virus. Thank you for past donations.

In addition to Every Rotarian Every Year contributing to Annual Programs of The Rotary Foundation, each Rotarian is encouraged to make a personal donation to Polio Plus.  A “Polio Plus Society” is evolving District by District acknowledging individuals who pledge $100/year to polio eradication.
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